12 Responses

  1. Luke Fritz
    Luke Fritz at |

    “relatively shy guy” at the end made me laugh, then think, because I would describe myself the same way, yet almost anyone I come into contact with assumes I am very extroverted for traveling so much and exploring new places. That used to be a pretty solitary activity for me, though, and part of what I enjoy about travel is the opportunity for self-reflection and time to think outside the bounds of what I am usually doing. In any case, I appreciated the sentiment of your post!

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      Introverted might be a better word than shy. I’m extremely introverted. It makes the interactions much, much more challenging for me. But I’m going to try.

    2. Marisa Green
      Marisa Green at |

      This is interesting. I always see you as MUCH more of a party animal than I am – which you very well may be – but I’m definitely a strong extrovert in the classical definition of the term, i.e. I gain rather than expend energy by socializing.

    3. Jim Pirigyi
      Jim Pirigyi at |

      I’m with you Seth. Introverted here and some interactions with other people can be draining. I get cultural assimilation by limiting my time in heavily tourist areas and spending more time understanding how people live. To some degree I think that’s how my transition to living in Shanghai went easily.

  2. Alan Dickey
    Alan Dickey at |

    This post reminded me of something that happened in Barcelona a few years back.

    I was being treated at an incredibly upscale restaurant. The thing I remember was that a side of asparagus was 25€ – and it got you two whole spears.

    The food was amazing and the sommelier was fantastic. We ate and drank and talked, but like you write, it wasn’t terribly local. Nonetheless, a good time was had by all and I felt we really made a connection with sommelier.

    When it was time to go back to the hotel, we walked as it was a very nice evening. The walk took us through a neighborhood that was a lot less upscale than where the restaurant was and a whole lot more local.

    As we waited to cross the street, I looked into the greasy spoon hamburger joint on the corner. Through the window I saw Alberto our sommelier with a burger in his hand and a beer in the glass in front of him.

    He recognized me and waved. We couldn’t go in that night, but for sure we made it back the next day, And again, a good time was had by all.

  3. Seth Kaplan
    Seth Kaplan at |

    Too much beer reminds me of the time in Israel when I accidentally asked at a bakery for 30 (awesome) chocolate chip cookies, rather than 3, and was too embarrassed to admit the mistake when I saw them shoveling cookies into a big box. I did become very popular when I got back to kibbutz where I was living.

  4. Heather Abbott
    Heather Abbott at |

    Nice read. Good luck with your plan.

  5. Chris Sloan
    Chris Sloan at |

    Great post! Though I would never consider you shy.

  6. Matthew
    Matthew at |

    Good sentiment Seth.

  7. Albert Choi
    Albert Choi at |

    Thanks for sharing that. I have been thinking about similar things, but mine is more about the people you meet along the way and the people that are in your life who have moved to faraway places.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      I love that idea, too. I got to three different weddings of friends & family in 2016, covering Florida, Bangkok and Portland. Those were great visits. I also spent time in Bangkok (on a different trip) with the friends who now live in Chiang Mai and who coordinated that NYE dinner. Drinks in Oslo and Stockholm or seeing a cousin for the first time in 10+ years in Shanghai of all places. It all works great.

  8. Paul Brown
    Paul Brown at |

    I support you. I get it. You can do it.